Immensely appealing works by the four artists known collectively as the ‘Scottish Colourists’ – SJ Peploe, JD Fergusson, FCB Cadell and Leslie Hunter – are shown together for the first time in the West Midland in this exhibition of works lent by the important Fleming Collection.
Painted in the early 20th century, their cityscapes, still lifes and landscapes reveal a shared preoccupation with light, rhythm – and, of course, colour. The Scottish Colourists, all of whom spent time in France, responded to the revolutionary impact of French art – from Manet to Matisse – and produced some of the most vibrant images of their day, whether painting across the Channel or back in Scotland.
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham (Lady Barber Gallery)
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TS | U.K.
Image: Samuel John Peploe, Luxembourg Gardens, c.1910 © Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation